14 Feb 2007

Fiji villages cut off after heavy rain causes landslide

9:57 am on 14 February 2007

A landslide caused by this week's heavy rain and flooding in Fiji has cut off seven villages and a settlement with about 1,000 people in the interior of Sigatoka.

The Fiji Times reports that people trapped behind the landslide are forced to walk two kilometres and cross a dangerously flooded stream to seek medical treatment.

The landslide, about 30km from Sigatoka, has also stopped villagers from transporting their crops.

The Public Works Department says it is unable to get machinery to the site because of flooded roads.

Meanwhile, the damage caused by last week's floods in Vanua Levu is now officially estimated at more than 6-million US dollars.

The commissioner northern, Misieli Naivalu, says people were only just beginning to recover from Cyclone Ami in 2003 when they are again confronted with widespread damage.